Headlines Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017

The Fairfield City Council is slated to meet tonight.  On the official agenda, Aldermen will consider an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. The agreement will allow the Comptroller’s office to flag the state income tax refunds and lottery winners of individuals who have left Fairfield owing past-due utility bills.  A redevelopment agreement will be considered with Kieffer Development, Inc.  And Aldermen will consider a request to annex a piece of property owned by the Love Family into the City of Fairfield.  As always, the City Council meeting will convene at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.  Tonight’s meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. to allow public input on the Love property annexation request.

A West Salem man’s flight from justice ended Friday morning at a house in Mount Erie.  27-year-old Nathan W. Ellison failed to show up in court in October to be sentenced on a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender.  In his absence, the judge sentenced Ellison to six years in prison.  The judge then issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Ellison after his sentencing.  Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett received information that Ellison might be hiding out at a location in Mount Erie.  Sheriff Everett and Edwards County Sheriff, Darby Boewe, went to the residence Friday morning and took Ellison into custody without incident.

The Fairfield Lions Club needs your help. Saturday, January 13th, the Fairfield Lions Club will be collecting Christmas lights that no longer work. The collection site will be at the Kon-Tiki Senior Center from 9:00a.m. until noon.  In addition to Christmas lights the club will also be accepting donations of eyeglasses, hearing aids, empty ink cartridges, cell phones, soda tabs and keys. These items will be recycled and the proceeds used to help fund Lions Club programs throughout the state.

All Wayne County grade school students are invited to a free skating party tomorrow sponsored by the Wayne County Historical Society at Skateland Rollersport in Fairfield.  The Society is offering free admission and regular skate rental from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Students are invited to dress as their favorite person from American history.  The winning contestant will win $30 and a pizza party for their classroom.  Second prize is $20 and third place will get $15.

A 22-year-old Port St. Lucie, Florida woman was fatally injured early Saturday morning when standing on I-57 northbound just south of Mt. Vernon.  State Police say preliminary investigation indicates Amanda Beem was struck by a semi driven by 71-year-old Robert Miller of Effingham. One of the passengers, a juvenile from Port St. Lucie, Florida, received major injuries and was transported by ambulance to a regional hospital. Two other Port St. Lucie, Florida residents standing with the disabled SUV were not hurt.  No tickets were issued.

Illinois is no longer the nation’s fifth-largest state.  U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday show Illinois’ population fell by 33,703 people between July 1st, 2016 and July 1st of this year. The state now trails Pennsylvania in population by about 3,500 people, making Illinois the sixth-most-populous state in the U.S.  Illinois was among eight states that saw their population fall, and lost more people than the seven other states that dropped. The decrease was a tiny fraction of Illinois’ total population of just over 12.8 million.